The Giants now have 12 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, which gives them a chance to fill a lot of holes and strengthen a lot of weak positions. It's very early, but here's a look at how those 12 picks could go:
First Round (No. 6 overall): DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
He is the prototype for an edge rusher: 6-foot-4, 277 pounds, 4.58 speed, terrific strength, and raw athleticism. His numbers were down this past season (6 ½ sacks from 11 ½ as a sophomore) due in part to a shoulder injury. Some scouts think he belongs in the conversation with Nick Bosa and Josh Allen as the best pass rushers in the draft. The feeling is once he learns a few pass-rush moves, he'll be an All-Pro.
First Round (No. 17 overall): OL Cody Ford, Oklahoma
He's 6-foot-4, 329 pounds and still developing, which means many scouts think he's got a terrific upside. He played mostly guard at college, but some evaluators think he could make an easy transition to right tackle. The Giants could play him at either spot, but likely would look at him as their right tackle of the future. He would also complete the rebuilding of the offensive line, at least for now.
Second Round (No. 37 overall) WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
The Giants obviously need help at receiver with Odell Beckham Jr. gone, and Sterling Shepard heading into the last year of his contract. They also need something they haven't had much of in recent years - big receivers.
Metcalf was one of the darlings of the combine because of his 6-foot-3, 228-pound size, the 4.33 he ran in the 40, and the 27 bench press reps he did. He didn't play a lot last year because of a neck injury and only had 67 catches for 1,228 yards and 14 touchdowns in his 21-game, three-year career. But his talent and upside might make him worth the risk.
Third Round (No. 95 overall): LB Ben Banogu, TCU
Dave Gettleman's mentor, Ernie Accorsi, used to say "You can never have enough pass rushers". And it's true. You can't. So even if the Giants take one in the first round, they will look to add more. And the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Banogu is another combine star, with a record in the broad jump (11-2), a huge vertical leap (40 inches) and a 4.62 40. He's raw, but can be a situational pass rusher at the start.
Fourth Round (No. 108 overall): S Will Harris, Boston College
Jabrill Peppers is the replacement for Landon Collins, but Antoine Bethea isn't exactly a long-term option in the Giants' secondary. They need young secondary depth, and Harris will bring some good coverage ability and speed (4.41 in the 40). He wouldn't have to start right away either, which is good since one scout who saw him said he'll need time to develop.
Fourth Round (No. 132 overall): LB T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin
With a 3-4 defense, the Giants need as much linebacker depth as they can get, and the 6-foot, 230-pound Edwards is sort of like B.J. Goodson - a solid, unspectacular player who is smart and can have an impact when he's on his game.
Fifth Round (No. 142 overall): OL Ryan Bates, Penn State
He's got good size (6-foot-4, 306 pounds) and plenty of experience at tackle, though some think he'd be better off at guard - or even center. The Giants like that kind of versatility in their linemen, especially now that they're trying to match pieces and parts for the future.
Fifth Round (No. 143 overall): CB Justin Layne, Michigan State
OK, this might be a stretch because there are some who think the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder will go on Day 2. If that doesn't happen, even slipping to the fifth round could be a stretch. But if he's there, the former wide receiver who doesn't mind playing physical would be a steal and a future starter.
Fifth Round (No. 171 overall): CB Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State
He's got blazing speed, but skills that are inconsistent. At 5-foot-11, 193 pounds, he can easily get beat by some of the better, taller receivers, but he certainly can keep up with the fast ones. He's got technique that needs to be honed, but he can help on special teams in the meantime.
Sixth Round (No. 180 overall): LB Tre Watson, Maryland
A very tough, 6-foot-2, 236-pound linebacker who was being overlooked by a lot of people until he had a terrific week at the East-West Shrine game. He's a smart player and a tackling machine at college who could be a future leader of a defense.
Seventh Round (No. 232 overall): OT William Sweet, UNC
A bit of a project, but he's starting with 6-6, 313-pound size, so that's good. He also started at left tackle for the Tar Heels, so he's got experience. In the right hands, he could develop into a piece of the offensive line of the future.
Seventh Round (No. 245 overall): TE Foster Moreau, LSU
The Giants think that Evan Engram can be a very productive receiver, but the truth is he isn't much of a blocker. The 6-4, 253-pound Moreau is and he could come in and help, and eventually replace veteran Rhett Ellison. He also ran a 4.66 in the 40, so he can run a little, too.